Hezbollah Launches Missiles and Drones at Northern Israel, Wounding 14 Israeli Soldiers

Hezbollah Launches Missiles and Drones at Northern Israel, Wounding 14 Israeli Soldiers
An Israeli soldier looks on at a scene, after it was reported that people were injured, amid ongoing cross-border hostilities between Hezbollah and Israeli forces, near Arab al-Aramashe in northern Israel, on April 17, 2024. (Avi Ohayon/Reuters)

DUBAI—Lebanon’s Hezbollah said on Wednesday it launched missiles and drones at a military facility in northern Israel in retaliation for Israeli strikes that killed Hezbollah members, an incident that the Israeli military said left 14 soldiers wounded.

The military said six of the soldiers were in serious condition. It said it “struck the sources of fire” after identifying several anti-tank missile and drone launches from Lebanon toward the Bedouin village of Arab al-Aramshe.

The Israeli Ynet news site said the soldiers were in a community center in the village.

On Tuesday, Israeli strikes in southern Lebanon killed three people, including a Hezbollah field commander, Lebanese security sources said.

Israeli forces and the U.S.-designated terrorist organization Hezbollah have been exchanging fire for over six months in parallel to the Gaza war, in the most serious hostilities since they fought a major war in 2006.

Later on Wednesday, Israel’s air force said its fighter jets struck Hezbollah infrastructure north of Baalbek in eastern Lebanon, reaching beyond the southern border region where Israel has focused most of its strikes.

The fighting has fuelled concern about the risk of further escalation. Those concerns have mounted following Iran’s retaliatory attack on Israel, with hundreds of explosive drones, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles launched on Saturday night, to which Israeli officials have vowed to respond.

At least 370 Lebanese, including more than 240 Hezbollah fighters and 68 civilians, have been killed in the fighting according to a Reuters tally. Eighteen Israelis, including soldiers and civilians, have been killed.